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Jason Grill
Jason Grill is a former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, attorney, national political and business contributor/analyst (television, radio, writing), entrepreneur, radio host, and owner of JGrill Media. At JGrill Media, Jason consults on public affairs strategies & relations, media relations, and government relations & affairs. Jason is a practicing attorney in Missouri and Kansas. He currently writes for The Huffington Post, and has been featured in Inc., Yahoo, Politico, Mashable, Fox Business and Success Magazine. He has appeared on Wall Street Journal Radio and the Mitch Albom Show. Jason Grill is a political analyst for WDAF Fox 4, and host of the Entrepreneur KC Show on the KMBZ Business Channel. Jason cohosted the Fantasy Football Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Jason sits on many advisory boards of technology and innovation companies and serves as a mentor to various accelerators. Jason is the Co-Founder of Sock 101.

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Jason has extensive experience in media relations, public affairs, pr, government affairs, law and the media. He is the principal and founder of JGrill Media. A Kansas City based, national consulting firm that specializes in media relations, public affairs, government relations, relationship building and strategic partnership development. Jason has worked with and consulted with numerous startups, entrepreneurs, businesses, foundations, non-profits, associations, marketing and digital agencies, c-suite executives, government entities and technology companies. Jason is a local and national writer/contributor, radio host and television analyst/commentator. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Inc., Yahoo, Politico, Mashable, Fox Business and Success Magazine. He has appeared on Wall Street Journal Radio and the Mitch Albom Show. Jason is a practicing attorney and a published national co-author of a best selling book. He is the Co-Founder of Sock 101.

Jason is a former two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, where he passed historic legislation to help families of children with autism access life changing therapies and treatments. He passed meaningful legislation during both Governor Matt Blunt (R) and Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) administrations.

Jason has worked in the White House for a senior advisor to Former VP Al Gore and an advisor to Former President Bill Clinton, as well as at the CNN Washington DC bureau with a senior political correspondent.

Jason earned a JD and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri. He earned a BS in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, majoring in economics and minoring in political science from Saint Louis University. Jason also studied at Loyola of Chicago Rome Center in Rome, Italy.

For his work, Jason has been recognized and received awards such as:

-Kansas City Top Company Award - JGrill Media - KC Business Magazine - July 2014
-Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) - Member - "YEC Is America's Most Elite Entrepreneur Organization" - Forbes - March 2014
-Fountain Award - Public Relations - JGrill Media - Business Marketing Association - March 2014
-Top 10 National Consultants - - August 2013
-100 People You Need to Know in Missouri - The Missouri Times - August 2013
-KC Man of Year 2011 – KC Connections – Raised $3,000 for Autism Speaks – April 2011
-Distinguished Recent Graduate Award – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law – September 2010
-Rising Star – KC Business Magazine – February 2010 issue – “The Future of Kansas City Business Lies in the Hands of Jason Grill”
-Voted KC’s “Best Local Politician” and featured in the September 2008 issue of KC Magazine
-Named 1 of 40 Up and Coming Lawyers in Missouri by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in July 2008
-Advocacy Award - Autism Society of America (2010)/Advocacy Award - Autism Speaks (2011)
-Family of the Year-St. Therese Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council #7199 (2005)

Jason is an avid Missouri Tigers, Sporting KC, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Liverpool, and fantasy sports fan. Jason hopes to one day go to a World Cup, run a marathon, travel as much as possible, work on his golf game, and hopefully see one of his beloved teams win a championship in person.

Entries by Jason Grill

Techweek Meet Kansas City... Kansas City Meet Techweek

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 10:12 PM


Good collaborations and true "fits" are really a thing to behold in life and in business. One of those has been built in Kansas City, Missouri. Techweek and Kansas City's Launch KC have formed a beautiful partnership that will...

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Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 2:48 PM

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland. The Midwest startup scene is hot. In the past I have...

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What Type of Tech Job Applicants Offer the Best Performance

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 8:52 AM


As the tech job sector continues to grow in the United States there is a constant competition going on between employers to get the best talent available. However, there is a true disconnect between many businesses looking to hire talent and what the...

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Big Data Meets Fantasy Football

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:33 AM


Fantasy football is right around the corner. The summer months will pass and before you know it people from across the country will be joining friends to draft their 2014 teams. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association estimates that nearly 32 million...

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3 Ways Failure Can Help Build a Business and Mistakes to Avoid

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Growing up I always admired the play of Michael Jordan. In my opinion, he is the best basketball player of all-time. However, at the time he was playing professional basketball I never imagined him to ever be a failure or make mistakes. Recently, I came across this quote from Michael...

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Kansas City Man Predicts ESurance Super Bowl Commercial Winner Before Announcement

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Esurance, a car insurance provider, stole the thunder of every media giant that ponied up $4 million for a :30 second spot in this year's Super Bowl by running a brilliant campaign around Twitter. Esurance gave away $1.5 million to a single Twitter user who tweeted the hashtag #EsuranceSave30 between...

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Meet the Man Behind Wearable Computing

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Much of the talk at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, the largest conference of gadget geeks in America, was about wearable computing. Wearable computing dominated the international conference in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, no one really talks about the man we all owe a round of applause to for this...

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Corporations and Startups No Longer Strange Bedfellows

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:06 PM

The words entrepreneur and startup have had a great run of late. A study of Census Bureau data analyzed by scholars at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has demonstrated that virtually all net new job creation over the past three decades has come from true startups...

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Kansas City Is Becoming a Mecca for Big Technology Names

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Kansas City has always been an entrepreneurial city.

Companies such as Hallmark, Sprint, DST, Cerner, H&R Block, Garmin and Russell Stover Candies all call Kansas City home. However, a true renaissance in entrepreneurship and a...

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How the Missouri Tigers Will Fare in Year Two in the SEC

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 9:30 PM

The 2013 college football season has begun and the University of Missouri is entering year two in the best football conference in America, the SEC.'s football season. Ok, so I was a little off on my Missouri Tigers football predictions for their first...

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Content Marketing Is the New Black

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:05 PM

In the last few years the words "content marketing" have become buzzwords in the corporate business, marketing, digital and media space. But what is it really? Content marketing as defined by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI):

Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant...
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How Three U.S. Presidents Reacted to Adversity and the Media

(4) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Throughout history many politicians and elected officials have dealt with being baited by their adversaries and the media in very different ways. Some have allowed them to dominate their mindset and hold them back on what they were trying to accomplish, while others have kept their head down and remained...

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Top 5 Takeaways From the First Big Kansas City

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Last week, Silicon Prairie News held its inaugural Big Kansas City event at historic Hanger 9 in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Silicon Prairie News is known throughout technology, startup, innovation and entrepreneur circles for their other Big Series events in Omaha, NE and Des...

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SXSW... a Bucket List Event

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Recently, I trekked down to Austin, Texas for the 2013 version of the South by Southwest "SXSW" conference and festival. Having been to Austin before I already knew what to expect from the city. Great downtown, food and culture. After all, Austin is the

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Kansas City Is Building America's Most Entrepreneurial City

(17) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Earlier this year I wrote one of my first piece's for the Huffington Post entitled "Flyover Country? Not this Kansas City." The column focused on many of the incredible things happening on Silicon Prairie. Since then Kansas City has continued to impress with its unbelievable momentum in...

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2012 Presidential Race Predictions State by State

(32) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 7:47 PM

In a race that looks to be almost too close to call sometimes the little things like the "Redskin Rule" can give a candidate hope. The rule states that when the Washington Redskins lose their final game before the presidential election the party that lost the popular vote in the...

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Missouri Football Will Be Competitive in the SEC

(31) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:07 PM

The time has come Missouri Tiger fans. This is for real now. The 2012 football season starts on Saturday and the University of Missouri football team will be competing in its first year in the Southeastern Athletic Conference. The ride through the years of...

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Want Mobile App Users? Social Sharing Is a Must

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 3:26 PM

One of the biggest challenges facing mobile application developers today is obtaining the right exposure to their app, which will result in actual downloads. There are over 600,000 mobile apps alone in the iTunes store alone. Very rarely does a new app make it to the top of a category...

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Crowdfunding Civic Infrastructure? The Next Big Thing

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Kickstarter has become a mainstream Internet mechanism where individuals can donate money in advance to help with funding an idea or platform and get a perk or product in return. Innovative recent Kickstarter projects such as the Pebble Smart Watch, Elevation Dock and Brydge...

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Mitt Romney's VP Odds: Preakness Style

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 1:01 PM

The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, is this Saturday at Pimlico race track in Baltimore, Maryland. The Preakness can either destroy the dreams of the Kentucky Derby winner's team or it can set up drama like no...

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